Diversity Hiring Fair

Saturday, February 4 at The Potomac School in McLean

The Potomac School, East Ed, and the Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington (AISGW) are proud to host the eleventh annual Diversity Hiring Fair to support employee diversity in the independent school sector. 

This hiring fair is an opportunity for candidates to meet with representatives from over 30 independent schools in the DMV area. Everyone is welcome to attend the fair. Registration is free for all candidates and one-on-one interviews will be conducted on site. InterestedReply

Stuff the Bus

Saturday, February 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Benefitting Share of McLean

McLean Giant

1454 Chain Bridge Road

McLean, VA 22101

For the full list of events, most requested items, and more information, visit the Stuff the Bus website.

Stuff the Bus began in 2011 in response to a critical need to help restock the shelves of local food pantries after the holidays. This collaborative program is a partnership between Fairfax County Government and local nonprofits. Now in its 12th year, Stuff the Bus continues to support food assistance efforts for families and households. Since inception, Stuff the Bus has collected more than 220 tons of food to feed people experiencing food insecurity in Fairfax County. 

How to Start a Business in Fairfax County

Entrepreneurship 101: Starting A Business in Fairfax County

The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) is offering a Free Interactive Workshop: Starting a Business in Fairfax County

Tuesday, January 10 from 7:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, 1st Floor Conference Center, 8300 Boone Boulevard,

Register: TysonsReserve a Spot
The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) is presenting a panel of small business experts for a free interactive workshop on how to start your business. In their Entrepreneurship 101: Starting A Business in Fairfax County event, FCEDA will provide you with informative step-by-step information sessions that will cover registering your business, permitting requirements, business feasibility and business plan basics, business certifications, financing options and government resources.



During this interactive workshop, you will hear from Ashley Chen about her entrepreneurial journey of founding and growing ActioNet, an IT integrator that supports operational needs across the Federal Government and private sector. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with the presenters and FCEDA staff. For more information, visit the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority website.

DMV Connect comes to McLean

DMV Connect is a service outreach program and serves Virginians who may not be able to travel to a DMV Customer Service Center. DMV Connect teams can process REAL ID (Driver’s/ID Card Services) as well as some other DMV transactions. For a list of available services, visit the DMV Connect website.



Tuesday, December 27 through Thursday, December 29 
9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
McLean Governmental Center
Community Room
1437 Balls Hill Road, McLean


By Appointment Only


An updated list of locations and dates for DMV’s Mobile Offices is available here. For For more information visit the Virginia DMV website.

Turf at Linway Terrace Park?

Join Meeting to Discuss Linway Terrace Park Synthetic Turf Conversion Project



The Park Authority has received a proposal from McLean Little League to fund the conversion of the grass baseball diamond at Linway Terrace Park to synthetic turf. The 10.7-acre park is utilized by local youth sports leagues and residents. Amenities include a synthetic turf soccer field, a grass baseball diamond, multiple tennis and basketball courts, and a playground.


In collaboration with the Dranesville District Supervisor’s Office, the Park Authority will hold a virtual information meeting for members of the community to provide a brief presentation on the scope of the proposal followed by a facilitated question and answer period. The meeting is for informational purposes only, the decision to approve will not be undertaken at this meeting. The virtual meeting is set for Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023, at 7 p.m. Members of the public may join the meeting using the following link.

https://publicinput.com/JT73426






Following the meeting, there will be a 30-day public comment period to receive additional feedback before a recommendation is presented. Presentation materials and instructions for providing additional feedback during the comment period will be provided on the project webpag after the meeting has concluded.



Linway Terrace Park is located at 6246 Linway Terrace, McLean, Virginia.

McLean Community Center Appoints a New Executive Director

Betsy May-Salazar is the new McLean Community Center Executive Director
Betsy May-Salazar has been appointed executive director of the McLean Community Center (MCC). Her appointment was approved by the MCC Board of Directors at their meeting on Wednesday, December 14. Her appointment is effective Tuesday, January 3. She succeeds MCC Acting Director Evan Braff. Most recently, May-Salazar served as senior vice president and chief operating officer of the National Building Museum. She has worked for the National Building Museum in various capacities since 1995. Click here to learn more.

NPR’s Student Podcast Challenge

Calling all Students

NPR’s Student Podcast Challenge will open for entries on Jan. 6, 2023 and close on April 28. The judges will choose winners in two categories: grades five through eight and grades nine through 12. Entries must be submitted by an educator or a student leader who is 18 years old or older. Read more here.

And for all the college podcasters out there? Not to worry – the College Podcast Challenge will be back for its third year, in the fall. Entries will open on Sept. 1, 2023 and close at the end of year on Dec. 31, 2023 to give students the entire fall academic term. And, as with last year’s, the college contest will award a $5,000 grand prize scholarship and $500 prizes to finalists.

One big change this year: the college contest will be open to students of all ages pursuing an associate’s or bachelor’s degree, as well as those who are set to graduate in 2023. This means that if you’re a college senior entering your final winter/spring term, you can still submit your work in the fall! College podcasters can enter your own work, without going through your school or professor, as long as you’re 18 years or older.

For the middle and high school contest opening in January – and for the college competition later in the year – our basic guidelines remain pretty much the same: Students can create a podcast about any topic they wish to explore. To give you an idea, we’ve listened to stories on everything from social mediatattoos to even tater tots. Some themes we’ve seen over and over include questions on race and identity and how young people do, or don’t, fit in. Your podcast can also be in many different formats: an interview, narrative story or even investigative reporting. You can do it by yourself or with your entire class.

One important rule to keep in mind is that the maximum length of your podcast is eight minutes, and longer entries will be disqualified.

Young American Creative Patriotic Arts Scholarship Competition

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Auxiliary is sponsoring its annual Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest. Students in grades 9-12 have the opportunity to participate in two competitions: a 2-dimensional competition and a 3-dimensional competition. More information may be found on the VFW Auxiliary website. The deadline to submit artwork is March 31, 2023.

Each year, more than 4,000 high school students from across the country participate in the VFW Auxiliary’s Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest. The contest began in 1979 to recognize up-and-coming artists and encourage patriotism in youth. View the top 12 2021-2022 state winners or all the previous first-place national winners. This contest comprises only two-dimensional entries. New this Program Year (2022-2023) is the 3-Dimensional Patriotic Art Contest, exclusively for three-dimensional art pieces.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

  • Students in grades 9-12 by the March 31 deadline who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States, its territories and possessions; or dependents of U.S. military or civilian personnel in overseas schools.
  • Although U.S. citizenship is not required, students must be permanent residents or have applied for permanent residence status (the application for which has not been denied) to become a U.S. citizen.
  • Foreign exchange students, students age 20 or older, GED and adult education students, or national winners of previous Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contests are ineligible.

What is the Scholarship Amount?

  • The first-place winner from each state competes for national awards totaling $34,000.

What are the Scholarship Submission Requirements?

  • Two-dimensional art must be on canvas or paper. Watercolor, pencil, pastel, charcoal, tempera, crayon, acrylic, pen, ink, oil, marker or other media taught may be used.
  • Do not frame two-dimensional pieces.
  • Submit canvas entries on a stretcher frame or canvas board. Other entries, if matted, must be matted in white. Do not use color mats. Reinforce the back with heavy paper. Mounted and floating mats may also be used.
  • The art should be no smaller than 8” x 10” but no larger than 18” x 24”, not including mat.
  • Complete entry form and attach to back of entry.
  • Submit a typed explanation of patriotism expressed in art (250 words or less).

What are the Scholarship Contest Deadlines?

  • March 31: Student Entry Deadline to VFW Auxiliary.*
  • April 15: VFW Auxiliary winners due to Department (state) Scholarships Chairman for judging.*
  • May 5: VFW Auxiliary Department (state) Winners to VFW Auxiliary National Headquarters.*

* required deadlines

3-Dimensional Patriotic Art Contest:

Who is Eligible to Apply?

  • Students in grades 9-12 by the March 31 deadline who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States, its territories and possessions; or dependents of U.S. military or civilian personnel in overseas schools.
  • Although U.S. citizenship is not required, students must be permanent residents or have applied for permanent residence status (the application for which has not been denied) to become a U.S. citizen.
  • Foreign exchange students, students age 20 or older, GED and adult education students are ineligible.

What is the Scholarship Amount?

  • The first-place winner from each state competes for national awards totaling $4,000.

What are the Scholarship Submission Requirements?

  • Three-dimensional art can be paper, papier-mâché, pottery, clay, metal work, fabric, etc.
  • Pieces should be no larger than 18” in any direction.
  • Art cannot be more than 5 lbs. in weight.
  • Complete entry form and submit with entry.
  • Submit a typed explanation of patriotism expressed in art (250 words or less).

What are the Scholarship Contest Deadlines?

  • March 31: Student Entry Deadline to VFW Auxiliary.*
  • April 15: VFW Auxiliary winners due to Department (state) Scholarships Chairman for judging.*
  • May 5:  VFW Auxiliary Department (state) Winners to VFW Auxiliary National Headquarters.*

* required deadlines

Digital art, photography and jewelry are NOT ACCEPTED for either contest.

Anyone interested in participating should contact the VFW organizers at bettinalawton@gmail.com or pattybortz@gmail.com no later than March 1, 2023.

One Water Art Contest

Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) is joining regional water utilities to host its second annual art contest with the theme of protecting our source water. Local student artists in grades 9-12 can submit their art which captures the importance of protecting our local water sources for a chance to win a prize. The submission deadline is Sunday, January 22, 2023.

Create art that portrays positive messages focused on our local sources of water. Regional water utilities would like to feature artwork in their outreach materials and messaging campaigns. These may include social media, posters, brochures, notecards, and annual reports. Click here to read more about contest details and submission requirements. 

 Learn more about the One Water Art Contest for high school students and submit your entry.